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with a friend with a k-47. he was a key power broker in the fight with the taliban. we're live from kabul. it's tuesday, july 12th. let's get right to the first reads of the morning. we start with the deadlock. this afternoon the two sides are farther apart than they've ever been. they were farther apart yesterday when -- then they were even sunday and farther apart sunday then they were thursday. the question is whether the daily meetings are going to continue. the president said he's shooting for the biggest possible deal and asking if not now, when. listen. >> we think it's hard now. imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season when they are all up. it's not going to get easier, it's going to get harder. we might as well do it now. pull off the band-aid. eat our peas. >> also in the room, eric cantor laid out what was agreed to in the biden talks, which is about $1.5 trillion in cuts, still nearly a trillion dollars short of the amount required to finance a debt deal through 2012. republicans said it needs to be dollar for dollar. the
hamid karzai has been assassinated in his own home by a bodyguard hired by the taliban. president karzai says his brother's death is a pain he shares with all afghans. the taliban statement says karzai was, "punished for all his wrong doing." >>> a mid-air miracle. two small planes flying over an alaskan mountain corridor. they managed to land safely. the cessna hit the tail of a piper navajo. no one was hurt. this is unregulated air space. >>> it's the land space walk of the shuttle era. it's not "atlantis" astronauts conducting it. space station residents are venturing out to remove a broken pump. the 13-day flight by "atlantis" is the last for nasa's 30-year long shuttle program. >>> michelle obama and three former first ladies among those heading to california for betty ford's funeral today. a second funeral will be held on thursday in michigan where she will be buried after a private service at the gerald ford museum. mrs. ford who is the widow of the former president died at age 93. rumors of the death of hugh hefner had been circulating on twitter and facebook. they are not true.
murdoch's newscorp operation. this one is interesting. the taliban claims it was a victim. the group accusing the u.s. of hacking in to its cell phones to send false text messages saying that its leader, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border a
by the taliban. this reflects assistmatic policy of the taliban and their isi handlers, the intelligence organization is i think behind this as well. and also al-qaeda. this policy is a tool to eliminate real and potential enemies of the islamists they want to reimplant back in cob he will. >> so this is a blow to the u.s. in afghanistan? >> yes, and also the destabilization. it's another example of pakistan interference in this area. the senior of military commander, a marine general, told the minnesota media last week that the pakistanis have still not severed the taliban supply lines coming in from pakistan. >> so many were aware of them and what they were up to when bin laden in was captured and they think wow, did they know about this, were they shielding them. now they are cutting off $800 million s that the right move? >> yes, it is certainly the right move. we should have done is before, ten years late. we should have conditioned the aid and especially the military aid long ago. we should also take other steps. >> like what? >> in 1993 secretary of state baker sent aler to the pa
going to the taliban? well, it's a little confusing but it has to do with a $2.16 billion transportation contract that the united states has to promote afghan businesses and within that, in the fine print somewhere could be that your tax dollars will fund the taliban. >> in particular, a whole bunch of money is going to fund trucking operations across afghanistan to get military supplies different places and it sounds like a lot of the money that we are giving these eight various trucking companies somehow winds up and we have tracked the money. it goes from our coffers directly through big shots in the afghanistan government and winds up in the pockets of the insurgents. >> we usually do that in iraq. we did it through private contractors. this time we want to try to build up the local economy by hiring local afghans that have affiliations with the local taliban that pay off the taliban not to attack the american stuff. >> why don't we just pay the taliban directly? >> might as well be. it's our money. it's $2.16 billion has gone into the pockets of the taliban, petraeus put a commissi
in afghanistan said today the focus of the war is about to shift away from taliban strongholds in the south and to the eastern border with pakistan where al qaeda still operates. general david petraeus is retiring from the army later this month and will become the new director of the c.i.a. mandy clark spoke with him today in kabul about the way forward in afghanistan. >> reporter: the last days of general david petraeus's command have been marked by two major events: the president's decision to begin withdrawing u.s. forces and days later an audacious attack on one of kabul's most important hotels. general petraeus told us the assault should not be seen as a setback. do you really think that the afghan security forces are ready if they can't protect a major hotel in the cap all? >> i can tell you that our special forces who were sporp not leading and not doing-- for the afghan forces who saw the crisis response unit said that they responded very courageously. in fact, that they took the loss of life with the wounded in action i think underscores that fact. >> reporter: but the training of
qaeda in the strength that al qaeda existed several years ago. i's probably not the taliban. it's the history. the flow of the country. having dinner with a young marine corps captain, they said if they removed every weapon from the taliban and cleansed every village of a weapon, they would throw rocks at us. they don't want us there. it's time to come home. >> john heilman, you are chasing them across america in this decade long war in afghanistan. are they talking about it? do they care about it? are they focused on it? do they talk? >> more of the latter than the former. people generally talk about it in the aspect of being asked about it. it's not on the top five list of voters. >> any presidential candidates? >> you have to have a position on it. what's interesting is because the public turned decisively against the wars. >> what does michele bachmann say? she's a tea party candidate. what does she say ability the war? >> she's been relatively silent on the issue. it's been among the main street candidates. mitt romney -- >> huntsman. >> huntsman and romney taking a positio
barricaded inside the home. earlier this morning they finally took him out. the taliban is claiming responsibility for that attack. jenna: also in the same city u.s. general david petraeus handing over command of american and coalition force necessary afghanistan. transferring responsibility to marine corps general john allen. he says he intends to maintain the momentum of the current military campaign in afghanistan, he doesn't expect the fight to be easy. petraeus will retire from the army next month before becoming director of the cia. jon: and we wish him well in his new position. living to tell the tale after a terrifying bear attack. how a 13-year-old boy survived a run in with a 200-pound beast. also, new details on rick perry's rumored run for president. why the texas governor is saying a white house run is what he is, quote, been called to do. we want to know which gop holdout you'd like to see get into the race, rick perry, maybe sarah palin, maybe chris christie. head over to foxnews.com/"happening now" and vote. ?c if you're hiv positive. those pills cost about forty cen
an eye on in the newsroom. the taliban claiming the responsibility for the assassination of hamid karzai's half brother. he was gunned down at his heavily guarded home in kandahar. russia opening up a criminal negligence investigation into the deadly sinking of a cruise ship. the boat was apparently overloaded at the time of the accident. 88 people now confirmed dead, another 41 still missing. hopes for finding them alive are fading today. and just days after a stun gun was found on a jetblue flight from boston to newark a lufthansa passenger is busted at jfk airport trying to board a plain with two stun guns stashed in his luggage. greg: brand-new developments in the gop race for the white house in 2012. tea party favorite michelle bachman seems to be making substantial gains. take a look at this. in a poll conducted by a republican pollster bachman is the frontrunner in iowa, the state that holds the first caucus leading mitt romney 25-21%. while mitt romney leads in new hampshire take a look at bachman, she is surging into second-place jumping 8 percentage points in one month alone. j
morning in oslo. greg, thank you. it appears some of your tax money has found its way to the taliban in afghanistan. the pentagon says funds from a $2.1 billion trucking contract to get supplies to american troops were funneled to the militants. a pentagon spokesman says a new contract will be awarded and applicants will be more thoroughly vetted. >>> we have an update tonight on the u.s. government law enforcement initiative that allowed guns to fall into the hands of mexican criminals. we have an exclusive report on some of the buyers in operation fast and furious. >> it's a lot of guns. that was the first thing that came into mind. >> this attorney represents manuel acosta, the man accused of recruiting 19 straw buyers later indicted for smuggling guns to mexico. >> they walk into a store, fill out a form, they buy a couple of rifles and walk out and give it to the guy. he gives them a few hundred bucks. >> to purchase a gun every buyer fills out this form. it asks, have you ever been indicted for a felony, been charged with a crime that allows for a year in jail? are you subject
on with the taliban. do you feel the taliban should be part of afghanistan going forward? guest: the reconciliation is one of the major national programs our government already initiated. we have agreed with our international partners to have this reconciliation program. our president a couple of weeks back mentioned talks with different people going on through different channels. we have a high peace council the mainly responsible for the reconciliation. they have opened to the channel of communications. when you want to reconcile with people, you have to talk to them and open the channels for communication. there are different channels that want to reach out to opposition forces for the success of the reconciliation program. host: what about separating the taliban and al qaeda? guest: this is an afghan national program. is supported by the international community. our partners are saying it is an afghan-led reconciliation program. the afghans should be in the driving seat. we have three principles for that. the first one is to cut ties with al qaeda. the second one is to renounce violence. the th
is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targets in afghanistan. it's a bad signal about how ready the pakistanis are to confront terror networks in their own country. >> jane harman from the woodrow wilson center, thank you very much. >>> and up next here,
of the last year, the taking away of important safe haivens inside afghanistan from the taliban. there's clearly tough work and fighting that lies ahead. i repeatedly said while the progress is significant, for example, it remains fragile and reversible. >>> general david patreaus spending his eighth fourth of july and his last as commander of allied forces in afghanistan visiting the troops in the southern part of that country yesterday. welcome back to morning joe, pat buchanan and gerald ford with us. best-selling author and wes moore, good to have you on the show this morning. patreaus will start the new job as director of the cia in september. he talks about the hard work ahead. the changes in the troops. any gut feeling about how that will transpire? >> one transition we'll see is as we're leaving the 10,000 and the 20,000, how that's going to change in terms of troop alignment and geoloe geography. we'll see a shift towards the east to the pakistan border. that's where i spent my time. we're starting to see a lot of the flow from fighters coming from pakistan. >> let me ask you,
happen in kandahar province, which is the real former stronghold of the taliban. he has a lot of enemies, both among the insurgency and also among the various criminal networks that work in that area. he himself has been accused of drug ties, criminal ties, and even of being on the payroll of the cia. all things that ahmad wali karzai denies. he has a very murky reputation. it's hard to know, even though the taliban claims responsibility, what happened and who is behind it. host: how does the u.s. view him? guest: the u.s. has most recently seen him as an unsolvable problem. he has been a friend to the u.s. for a long time. because he has been someone who has been hard to bring on board with some of the programs to develop the province, to work with the military -- no one says this directly, granted, because he is a relative of hamid karzai. in private talks, u.s. officials would say they do not know exactly how to handle him. at the same time, he was also someone who was exerting a certain amount of control over the area and able to pass by areas that may not have otherwise been passed
projectiles to militias in iraq and giving long range rockets to the taliban in afghanistan. >> heather: nato ramming up airstrikes in libya largely under gadhafi's control. rebels claim they are gaining ground and pushing towards the capital. the u.s. is dismissing gadhafi's threats of attacks on europe if flay toe's -- if nato's military intervention does not stop. >> reporter: those retaliatory strikes a not happen in , but they are happening against the rebels' stronghold here in misrata. overnight we had rockets land six miles from where we are now many they were aimed at the port, a key part of the city. a city under seen. the only supplies come in via ship. the residents who are under seen have begun to take stock of what their city looks like. there is now a deadly silence on what was misrata's main drag. people walk through the rubble, survey the damage and see what little is left. >> we come back to see our houses, we found them destroyed. all things stolen. >> reporter: in the shadow of collapsed buildings crews work to pull new telephone cables and repair the destroyed intrastruct
to tribal leaders as well as the local taliban to bring them to the negotiating table. but in the end it was the taliban who have claimed responsibility for his death. natalie? >> thanks so much, atia. >>> u.s. relations with pakistan are getting icier as drone attacks are intensifying following this suspension of one-third of u.s. military aide to pakistan. u.s. slammed pakistan's reluctance to fight afghan militants along its border. >>> a government accountability report released today finds the system for detecting medicaid and medicare fraud are inadequate and underused. billion of dollars and claims are paid out each year, according to the report. >>> finala era is conducted today. two space station residents will execute the walk to retrieve a broken pump. meantime, the landing plan for the "atlantis" has changed. it will now touchdown in the predawn houring of july 21st at the kennedy space center. >>> meantime, all eyes are going to be on sergeant scott moore at the marine corps ball this november when he shows up with movie star mila kunis on his arm. he asked her to the bal
operations in libya on other u.s. and nato military operations including operations against the taliban and al-qaeda in afghanistan. reporting on these issues is not provided for in the kerry-mccain resolution. given that the resolution would authorize military operations that could go on for as much as a year, and could expand in scope from current u.s. operations, i believe it's important that congress have the necessary tools to conduct oversight of these issues and to know their costs. i urge members to support the amendment. >> senator lugar, this is another excellent addition. i believe senator corker has the second degree, i think, originally senator lugar add 15-day reporting. i think the 60-day. and i think senator corker originally had 15 and i agreed to do 30 and i think that's reasonable for us to be able to have reasonable oversight. so senator corker do you want to propose your second degree and -- >> sure. i will acquiesce to our chairman and say 30-day reporting and i would like to change my amendment to a 30-day reporting and that's acceptable. >> any objection to modif
several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotion. >> thank you. >> also, much has been said about the draw down. you and some of your men will be leaving in just a few weeks. how do you feel about that? because there's been, you know, politically there's been discussions on both sides, some saying it's time for the draw down, others saying not the time for it. >> you know it's very exciting for us. it's about time about time we start looking at a draw plan and getting back to our families. we've been at it about ten years now. >> long time. >> long time. and, you know, it's about time the afghan people start taking responsibility of their country. >> it is the fourth of july, i know you guys, you're able to have some of the fourth of july barbecue lunch to
trusted guards. the taliban claims the guard, who was also killed, was working for them. >> top lawmakers going back to the white house this afternoon for another round of tense debt talks. republicans still refusing to accept a deal with any tax hikes in it and the president is warning there won't be enough money to cover social security checks if they don't raise the debt ceiling by august 2nd. ♪ ♪ rocket man ♪ rocket man ♪ i'm burning out >> good morning, "atlantis." the crew of the final shuttle mission woke up to a fitting tune this morning, elton john's "rocket man." crews will spend most of the day transferring equipment and supplies to the international space station. astronauts completed the final spacewalk of the shuttle era yesterday. the 160th spacewalk devoted to building and plain take the international space station yao back to our top story, the debt talks. president obama and lawmakers from both parties will meet to try to hammer out a deal to raising the nation's debt ceiling. republican leaders have refused to consider any tax hikes and the president says if the
was very hard-nosed, and he wanted to take the fight to the taliban. but the nato forces have been very concerned about, um, his alleged unsavory past including allegations that he was a drug lord. but this assassination really has caused great worry to the karzai government. real nervousness now because we do know that two high-ranking official were assassinated in the north of the country in the last week, and now with the half brother killed as well, it seems that anybody can get, they can get to anybody, and that will cause real worries in this administration and also, perhaps, undermine president karzaiment back to you, heather. heather: all right. david piper, thank you so much. bill: they have full u.s. citizenship and diplomatic immunity, so how some people become super u.s. citizens. we'll explain. heather: and two cars collide. you have a decent chance for survival, but if two planes collide, it's typically a major tragedy. but not in this midair fender bender. we'll tell you all about what happened. bill: it's a remarkable story too. >>> months on the battlefield finally comi
to the taliban. the unreleased investigation provides seemingly definitive evidence that corruption has put u.s. money into enemy hands. >> and the sixth and largest state, new york, recognizes same-sex marriage. that's a look at the news. time for politico with willie. >> we turn to the chief white house correspondent, mr. mike allen. >> welcome back, willie. >> thank you, and good to see you. let's talk about the rivalry between tim pawlenty and michele bachmann, and at first they said they did not want to go negative, but things have changed, haven't they? >> the minnesota twins are going after each other. it started with pawlenty's campaign, who's up against bachmann in iowa. she's the favorite. he has to do well there and he isolated her as his number one threat. his campaign put out material talking about how she has little record and saying she will fade, that she doesn't have a future. and then everything interesting happened, and until now congresswoman bachmann has shrugged off attacks from pawlenty, and this time she engages with him, and it suggests he is looking stronger and she
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